ARGO
2012, Warner Bros., 120 min, USA, Dir: Ben Affleck

Nominated for 7 Academy Awards including Best Picture! In November of 1979, Iranian militants stormed the U.S. embassy in Tehran, taking more than 50 hostages - but six Americans eluded capture by hiding in the Canadian embassy. The little-known mission to rescue them serves as the basis for this acclaimed thriller helmed by Ben Affleck, who also stars as CIA operative Tony Mendez. The improbable scheme used to smuggle the six out of Iran: disguise them as Canadian moviemakers, in the country scouting locations for a sci-fi film named "Argo." This story of unsung heroes earned Chris Terrio a nomination for best adapted screenplay and veteran actor Alan Arkin an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of movie producer Lester Siegel. The fantastic ensemble cast is rounded out by Bryan Cranston and John Goodman. Other nominations include William Goldenberg for best film editing, Alexandre Desplat for Best Original Score, Erik Aadahl and Ethan Van der Ryn for best sound Editing and John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff and Jose Antonio Garcia for Best Sound Mixing. ARGO won Best Picture Critics' Choice Movie Award as well as a Best Director prize for Affleck. “Argo takes first place on my best movie list because it is above all else a movie - pure, strong and sound." - Roger Ebert


RAISING ARIZONA
1987, 20th Century Fox, 94 min, USA, Dir: Joel Coen

This staggeringly hilarious chronicle of the romance between inept bad boy Nicolas Cage and straight-arrow cop Holly Hunter was an unexpected follow up to the Coen brothers’ chilling BLOOD SIMPLE. The kidnap scheme that follows when the loving couple learn they can’t conceive kids is guaranteed to provoke more laughs per minute than any American comedy since the heyday of 1930s screwball cinema. With John Goodman and William Forsythe.


MATINEE
1993, Universal, 99 min, USA, Dir: Joe Dante

In this laugh-filled valentine to B-movie ballyhoo, John Goodman stars as Lawrence Woolsey, a filmmaker eager to exploit current events and such dubious cinematic advances as “Atomo-Vision.” During the Cuban missile crisis of 1962, he brings his new movie MANT ("Half man, half ant, all terror!") to Key West, Florida. The shifting relationships of the local high school kids add a nostalgic glow to MATINEE’s mix of Cold War paranoia and pop-culture schlock, right up to the climactic screening of Woolsey’s magnum opus. Cathy Moriarty is wonderful as the showman’s mistress/star.


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